The Department has established a Sector Reference Group on Community Based Alcohol and Other Drug Service Delivery, comprising a cross-section of providers, peak organisations and other interested parties.
The Reference Group provides strategic advice to government on priority areas for action, as well as making recommendations on actions to be taken to address those priorities, drawing on the findings of the Independent Review of New Arrangements for the delivery of Mental Health Community Support Services and Drug Treatment services, released in November 2015.
The Group have met twice this year, discussing priority areas of action stemming from the Review, system improvement and performance data as well as opportunities for broader sector engagement.
Terms of Reference and updates on the work of the Reference Group and related papers and items are available on Health.vic.gov.au.
In addition to the Sector Reference Group, the Department will be convening a number of consultation forums with alcohol and other drug service providers across Victoria.
This will provide an opportunity for treatment services to provide advice on priority areas of work on the Aspex review recommendations, as well as opportunities to improve service integration.
An all-day workshop will be held with the alcohol and other drug treatment sector on Friday 22 April 2016. Rural-specific community-based alcohol and drug treatment sector provider meetings commenced on Friday 8th April with the first meeting in Benalla. Similar meetings will be held in the remaining three DHHS divisions on the following dates:
- Traralgon - Monday 18 April 2016
- Ballarat - Wednesday 20 April 2016
- Bendigo - Friday 29 April 2016
For a copy of the Review, go to: